Tensung Namgyal

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Tensung Namgyal (Sikkimese: བསྟན་སྲུང༌རྣམ་རྒྱལ་; Wylie: bstan srung rnam rgyal) (1644–1700)[1] was the second chogyal (monarch) of Sikkim. He succeeded his father Phuntsog Namgyal in 1670 and moved the capital from Yuksom to Rabdentse near Geyzing. He had three wives from Bhutan, Tibet and a Limbu princess, Thungwamukma. After establishing Rabdentse as his new capital he built a palace and asked his Limbu Queen to name it. She named it "Song Khim" which in Limbu language means "New Palace". This later went on to become "Sukhim" and "Sikkim".[2]He was succeeded by his son Chakdor Namgyal, borne by his second wife in 1700.[3] He had one last son with his third wife. Though he is not well known his grandson becomes a king of a small kingdom inside his fathers rule.[4]

Tensung Namgyal
Born: 1644 Died: 1717
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Phuntsog Namgyal
Chogyal of Sikkim
Succeeded by
Chakdor Namgyal


  1. ^ Sikkim Archived 13 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Chumlung, Yakthung (2014). "chapter 5, Kirat Kings of Namgyal Dynasty". Kirat History and Culture: All about south asian Monoglians (Kindle)|format= requires |url= (help). ASIN B00JH8W6HQ.
  3. ^ Alex McKay (1998). Pilgrimage in Tibet. Routledge. ISBN 0-7007-0992-4.
  4. ^ Royal Ark